Vine Maple

Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) is a small deciduous tree that grows to about 22 feet (7m) tall. It is also considered a shrub because it tends to have multiple stems. Its leaves are 7 to 9 lobed and about 2 – 5 inches (5-12cm) across and turns red in the fall. It has clusters of small white and maroon flowers that are hard to see as they are underneath the leaves. It blooms in early spring. The fruit is winged which turn from green to brown and when they drop from the tree they spiral kind of like a helicopter. They like moist to wet places in open wooded areas. It is a great tree to provide summer shade, shelter for birds, has early spring flowers for pollinators, and great fall colour.

There is also the Douglas Maple (Acer glabrum) that has leaves that are 3-5 lobed and is a taller tree.

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